Coming up this week, and beyond

Last updated 10:37 13/08/2012

Since there is a veritable feast of new television coming in the next week, it seemed like as good a time as any to break down the changes to the schedule, day by day. Here is what's coming up in the next couple of weeks ...

20120813Monday, August 13
Get ready for an influx of overly emotional moments set to Snow Patrol-esque music! Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice are back for new seasons, their eighth and fifth seasons respectively (TV2, 8.30pm and 9.30pm) - not my cup of tea, but I'm sure there are plenty who'll be happy with this news. For the more discerning viewer, Aaron Sorkin's much talked about new show The Newsroom begins with a pilot that drew mixed reviews from critics overseas (SoHo, 8.30pm); I'll be talking about it here, tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 14
Local reality TV is back with new seasons of fly-on-the-wall doco Coastwatch (One, 7.30pm) and surprisingly interesting What's Really in Our Food (TV3, 7.30pm). Later, British supernatural series The Fades wraps up a brilliant first season - sadly, it doesn't appear that it will be back for a second (UKTV, 9.20pm).

Wednesday, August 15
Did we ever figure out how to classify Deadliest Catch? Docu-thriller? Action-mentary? Either way, its back for its eighth season (Discovery, 7.30pm). Meanwhile, TV2 is bringing out a new batch of comedies - Hot in Cleveland is back with its second season (TV2,, Charlie Sheen is back in an intriguing new series, Anger Management (TV2, 8.30pm), and Courteney Cox leads the cast of curiously-named comedy Cougar Town (TV2, 9pm).

Thursday, August 16
We're a few years behind, but Rescue Me returns for its sixth season (SoHo, 7.30pm). Gypsies continue to dominate the Thursday schedule, with The Big Gypsy Eviction (One, 8.30pm) following their removal from Dale Farm. If that's not your thing, Prime has the first of a two-part documentary about New Zealand's Paralympics team, Black & White (Prime, 8.30pm), followed by the second-half of True Blood's fifth season (Prime, 9.35pm).

Friday, August 17
The origins of conflicts between Israel and Palestine are explored in four-part British series The Promise (SoHo, 8.30pm), while Who Do You Think You Are USA starts up (Prime, 8.30pm). By the way, if you aren't watching it, Jono & Ben at Ten is surprisingly good, and improving every week - some of the complaints about content being derived from the web might be valid, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good laugh (TV3, 10pm).

Saturday, August 18/Sunday, August 19
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of TVNZ 7, the Russell Brown-hosted Media3 started over the past weekend and is well worth your time (TV3, Saturdays at 10.30am - also repeated on Sunday nights). Since we don't already have enough second-rate reality shows on the schedule, Fear Factor (TV2, Saturday at 7.30pm), The Real Housewives of Orange County (Four, Saturday at 8.30pm), Mary Queen of Frocks (Vibe, Sunday at 8.30pm) and Gok Wan: Made in China (Living, Sunday at 9pm) are here to make sure reality fans are satisfied.

Next Week, August 20-24 ... and beyond
A few shows of note: Gordon Ramsay is back in two more timeslots with Masterchef USA (Prime, next Monday at 8.30pm) and Ramsay's Best Restaurant (One, next Wednesday at 8.30pm), Jaquie Brown hits screens to chronicle parenthood in Keep Calm & Carry On (One, next Wednesday at 8pm), and hit web series Auckland Daze gets a run on broadcast telly (One, next Thursday at 10.10pm) - I'd be more excited about that last one if a) it wasn't a year old, b) I hadn't seen it already, and c) TVNZ decided to pull Episodes mid-season to air it. Beyond that, look for new seasons of Hell on Wheels (Soho, starting August 26) and Boss (SoHo, startting September 1)

What are you looking forward to in the next couple of weeks?

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Killerkiwi   #1   10:47 am Aug 13 2012

TVNZ decided to pull Episodes mid-season to air it. NNNNOOOOOoooooo that show is insanely good, The *real* Matt LeBlanc is up there with Larry David which reminds me has started

Cloudberry   #2   11:28 am Aug 13 2012

Episodes is being pulled??? WTF! I love that show, it is amazing! Why??? (throws coffee mug at wall in fury).

D   #3   11:29 am Aug 13 2012

what Killerkiwi #1 said!

bruce   #4   11:33 am Aug 13 2012

I'm looking forward to new seasons of Boss, Hell on Wheels and Copper starting soon, and a little after those a new show called The Last Resort.

Looking forward to also catching up on True Blood and Breaking Bad. Also at the end of next month I'll be look forward to new seasons of some old favs; Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Big Bang Theory, Fringe and Dexter, so plenty to watch and record over the rainy winter and spring months to keep me going for a while.

tvaddict   #5   11:37 am Aug 13 2012

What happened to Hawaii Five-0???

bruce   #6   11:41 am Aug 13 2012

Killerkiwi #1: I'm no fan of monopolies, no sir, but Episodes is on the wrong channel here.

Episodes is another Prime cable offering from the USA and it's real home (in the absence of any competition) is SoHo where it will find it's true audience. Same goes for Homeland which struggled on TV3. I know, I know. I hate the true situation of it as well.

Randall   #7   11:50 am Aug 13 2012

Episodes has just started Series 2 - why pull it after 2 episodes Counting on screening this week)? New timeslot?

salandbil   #8   11:53 am Aug 13 2012

Definitely looking forward to the new Jacqui Brown show - looks hilarious.

Supernatural   #9   11:54 am Aug 13 2012

Hey Chris, any idea why TV3 has decided to pull Breakout Kings and Hawaii Five-0? H50 has 14 more episodes to go in S2. Not happy. :(

Alan   #10   12:04 pm Aug 13 2012

I have just watched Treme - season two and loved it. It was brilliant. Love the music and characters especially Sophia, Annie and best of all Antoine Batiste. I found it compelling engaging and entertaining - each episode like a night out down Bourbon Street. Hell I want to go to New Orleans and do bar work for six months in the lead up to Mardi Gras. Also watched Bored To Death - season two and loved it. Best episodes were near the end involving George's new limo driver and the trip to the Asian health spa was a hoot. What a shame it has been cancelled - and have you seen the annoying crap that is staying. I am looking forward to Charlie Sheen's Anger Management as a guilty pleasure but will drop it quickly if it insults me. What a shame Arron Sorkin's new show is on Soho - it should be available for ALL.

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